POWERS, Stephen (1840-19040)

POWERS, Stephen (1840-19040)

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Stephen Powers - Afoot and Alone: A walk from Sea to Sea by the Southern Route, Adventures and Observations in Southern California, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, etc. Illustrated by Numerous Engravings

“Classic of Western Travel Literature Along With Mark Twain’s Roughing It”
  • Afoot and Alone: A walk from Sea to Sea by the Southern Route, Adventures and Observations in Southern California, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, etc. Illustrated by Numerous Engravings

     

    “Classic of Western Travel Literature Along With Mark Twain’s Roughing It”

     

    “A highly interesting book by the first man, probably, who ever walked alone from one coast to the other. The author, an amateur ethnologist, describes vividly the country through which he traveled.  Of particular interest are his descriptions of Southern California. He walked from Raleigh, N.C. to San Francisco, a distance of 3,556 miles. So keen were his observations of the Indian tribes of California that his notes were published five years later by the U.S. Department of Interior as Volume III of Contributions to North American Ethnology, titled Tribes of California. Afoot and Alone appeared in but one edition, it became so popular and was so widely read that it is today almost impossible to find a fine copy”

    (Sloan: Volkmann) 

     

    Hartford, Conn.: Columbia Book Company, 1872, First Edition, Octavo, 327 pages plus advertisements, Twelve wood-engraved text illustrations by True W. William. He also illustrated two other Zamorano 80 selections: Mark Twain’s ‘Roughing It’, (Z80:18) and Joaquin Miller’s ‘Life amongst the Modocs’ (Z 80:55)

     

    Original terra-cotta patterned cloth with front board ruled in blind and decoratively stamped in bright gilt, back cover ruled and decorated in blind, spine decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt with gilt publisher’s device at foot. The front board vignette is a man walking with a bindle, in blind on back cover. Original flesh colored coated endpapers. All edges gilt (this was an option for an extra fifty cents) Housed in a reddish brown slipcase.

     

    Zamorano 80:61

     

    Dorothy Sloan: Volkmann, Cowan, p. 498, Graff 3339, Howes P537

     

    A Spectacular First Edition, Housed in a Beautiful Light Brown Clamshell